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Poster: Plan 9 Date: Jul 31, 2009 10:12am
Forum: feature_films Subject: While We're on this Sad Subject...

I found the listing below at the U.S. Copyright Office site. Can someone please find a loophole?! PLEASE! I'M BEGGING YOU! *bursts into tears*

"Carnival of souls / a Harcourt production ; produced/directed [by] Herk...

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PAu001230677 / 1987-03-23
Title: Carnival of souls / a Harcourt production ; produced/directed [by] Herk [Harold] Harvey.
Description: 2 videocassettes : sd., b&w ; 3/4 in.
Copyright Claimant: Harold Harvey, John W. Clifford
Date of Creation: 1962
Authorship on Application: screenplay: John W. Clifford; production, direction: Harold Harvey.
Previous Registration: Preexisting material: prev. pub. motion picture.
Basis of Claim: New Matter: "additional footage and soundtrack materials not prev. pub."
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Names: Harvey, Harold, 1924-
Clifford, John W., 1918-
Harvey, Herk
Harcourt"

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jul 31, 2009 8:24pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: While We're on this Sad Subject...

This only refers to a late 80s revised video edition and film re-release of the film. All of the PD company prints of this film I have come accross have been the original release version. I have the late 80s video version (on RCA-Columbia Pictures Video from memory) and it is clearly marked as Copyright 1987.
For the copyright in the original version to exist after 1990 a renewal also had to be lodged by December 31 1990. No renewal was lodged so the original film and all its original underlying works are Public Domain. The versions thats up here and and on Alpha Video, etc is the PD version.